WA Sen. candidate Smiley challenges Seattle Times, recent polling data

Jul 19, 2022, 1:45 PM

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Patty Murray, left, and Tiffany Smiley (Courtesy of the campaigns)

(Courtesy of the campaigns)

Recent polling data displays a significant lead for five-term Sen. Patty Murray (D) over political newcomer Tiffany Smiley (R) as they continue to battle head-to-head with the election near.

Murray currently leads Smiley 51% to 33%, according to a Washington poll.

“I have been doing my own internal polling for the last 16 months and talking with voters all over Washington state,” Smiley said in response to the polling data, while on the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “Our campaign clearly has been successful because we’re on the right side of the issues and they want a leader. They want someone who will go to D.C., roll up their sleeves, and deliver results.”

Last month, when Murray’s lead over Smiley was approximately just five points, her campaign responded by spending more than $1 million on television ads over the next few weeks, including two attacking Smiley.

“People are tired of negativity. They’re sick and tired of negativity. What does Patty Murray do almost a month ago? Attack ads against me,” Smiley said. “We just released two of our ads that Washington voters will see all over Washington state. And my ads are actually talking about how I want to be a fighter for all of them, how I want to combat inflation to make sure we’re energy independent, and get the Fentanyl crisis under control.”

Washington state hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate since 1994.

Rantz cites a Seattle Times piece displaying the two candidates’ stances on current issues, calling it a “hit piece” against Smiley for not answering questions directly.

“If you read in the article, I actually do share. What I will be doing is fighting waste, fraud, and abuse within our government. That’s absolutely something I could do as a senator reining in the out-of-control spending that Patty Murray is all for,” Smiley said. “I made it clear when I was talking with Seattle Times.”

“‘I said, Murray stood by Biden and said our best days are ahead. How good is that place?’ A Democrat economist at that time said this is not going to be good for the country. And I know taxes is the name of her game. She’s been doing it to Washington families for almost 35 years. And enough is enough. We’re all paying for it,” she continued.

The primary is scheduled for August 2, with the general election happening November 8.

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WA Sen. candidate Smiley challenges Seattle Times, recent polling data